WASHINGTON — Four state and local groups sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee ahead of a highly anticipated online sales tax hearing urging Congress to pass a bill that would allow states the authority to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on goods purchased online.

The National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Government Finance Officers Association sent a two-page letter on Monday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas addressing the Marketplace Equity Act.

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